The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce edited by Angie Manfredi

by - September 18, 2019

The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and FierceThe (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce by Angie Manfredi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A much-needed book in the YA nonfiction genre that will appeal to young people who are frankly tired of being told they should hate their body. Told via memoir-vignettes, poems, essays, and visual art, it takes a multi-voice approach to celebrating the miracle of the human body regardless of how much space it takes up or what shape it forms.

I would have liked to see more on the way body image is often weaponized (against women of color in particular), or perhaps a discussion of body currency and the connection between fatness and loss of economic opportunity. It does briefly mention the Health At Every Size movement, and more information would have been welcome. However, it does give the reader something to research further.

But, rather than nitpick the book for what it isn't, it's good to celebrate it for what it is. Fierce, indeed, and I daresay even a bit radical, and recommended for any age.

(review does not include the book's visual art, which was not available in the ARC I received.)

arc received from the publisher

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